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Keoughan recognized for contribution to community

Fifth-year men’s volleyball player Logan Keoughan exemplifies the epitome of the idyllic athlete.

When he isn’t found “Reading with the Reds” – a program where student-athletes visit and promote literacy to kindergarten and Grade 1 students – he is “Bleeding with the Reds,” where varsity athletes donate blood and challenge other students on campus to follow suit.

Keoughan has also volunteered at the Fredericton Food Bank and Operation Christmas Child, has travelled abroad to build homes for those in need and is an organizer in the annual Varsity Reds Date Auction Night where all funds raised go to the Right to Play program.

As if his resume wasn’t extensive enough, he is the co-president of Athletes Council and the Right to Play UNB program, dedicated to bringing sport to underprivileged children both at home and abroad.

“I can’t speak highly enough about Logan Keoughan,” said men’s volleyball head coach Dan McMorran. “He is a player who I included in one of our three captains, and down the stretch Logan’s just kind of embodied everything that a coach wants out of a captain, out of a player, out of a student.”

Although he doesn’t do it to reap the rewards, Keoughan has been recognized as the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Community Service Award recipient two years in a row.

“I don’t do it to win an award, but it’s an honour to be considered for an award and with the kind of people that I know have won it in the past,” said Keoughan.

McMorran said he is an athlete that does everything a coach wants.

“Logan was a great role model to players old and young as to how to get out there and go after it. Logan Keoughan has probably been our best leader this year.”

He said players participate in their community service initiatives, but “Logan not only participates, Logan organizes those, he shows initiative.”

The Mirimachi, N.B. native came to UNB from Miramichi Valley High. His volunteering started early on, helping with camps for basketball and helping coach U8 and U10 soccer for a summer.

Keoughan started playing volleyball in Grade 7 and, as he said, was really terrible at it. Despite being terrible at the sport, he enjoyed playing and joined his high school team. He made the varsity team, and in Grade 10 played in a tournament hosted at UNB where McMorran asked him to come to a week-long summer camp and participate in a few extra practices.

Not knowing whether he would be playing basketball or volleyball – or whether it was at UNB or UNBSJ – Keoughan decided on UNB Fredericton for a bachelor of environment and natural resources.

“I didn’t get much interest from anyone else, so I just figure I would come where I was wanted,” said Keoughan.

Used to balancing school and sports, he said it was an easy transition. The guys on the team made it that much easier.

“We’ve always had a really great group of guys coming through every year on our team,” he said. “Everybody gets along, we all enjoy spending time with each other outside of sports, so it’s a really nice family.”

But he wasn’t just introduced to the team his first year. As a Varsity Red he is part of the athletes council. He was a general member for two years where he did Read with the Reds, athlete date auctions and Heads up with the R.E.D.S – Respect, Esteem, Dedication and Strategy.

The 6’7” player said it’s important to try and give back to the community who are always a means of support, showing up to games representing the Reds family. He said it is especially important as a varsity athlete.

“It’s important for anybody to try and give back, you can really improve your community, helping people out who need it, but especially as a varsity athlete,” he said. “You’re in a position where people look up to you, they come out to see you play, and you have a really good opportunity to make a difference, regardless of how small it may seem.”

But he said you don’t have to dive into as many groups as possible. Starting off small is key.

Keoughan only did one Read with a Red. Just one day, and as he got a taste for it he built his way up.

“You go and see little kids who just embody all that stuff like play – running around, just asking questions, they want to tell you stories about everything they’ve done, and just asking about everything you’ve done,” he said. “I just really enjoy spending time with kids.”

But his time as a Varsity Red is coming to a close. The fifth-year student will be graduating and finishing his time at UNB.

Despite finishing the season off with a loss to the Dalhousie University Tigers, Keoughan said it was nice to finish his career on a personal high. In his final games he led the players in attack percentages and had the most blocks and service aces.

His memories over the last five years have made it a bittersweet experience.

“I’ve loved all my years here, made so many good friends, and really had this family connection,” he said. “There’s some good in the bad, I guess.”

With his student-athlete career coming to an end he is considering trying out in May for the Volleyball Canada National B team, who provide a full-time training centre.

“I don’t have any expectations, I guess, but I figure I might as well do it now, while I can, and who knows?”

But McMorran has confidence in the graduate.

“He’s a guy that has his heart in the right spot and has the brains to go with it,” said McMorran. “So Logan’s going to do some pretty big things with himself.”

Used to balancing school and sports, he said it was an easy transition. The guys on the team made it that much easier.

“We’ve always had a really great group of guys coming through every year on our team,” he said. “Everybody gets along, we all enjoy spending time with each other outside of sports, so it’s a really nice family.”

But he wasn’t just introduced to the team his first year. As a Varsity Red he is part of the athletes council. He was a general member for two years where he did Read with the Reds, athlete date auctions and Heads up with the R.E.D.S – Respect, Esteem, Dedication and Strategy.

The 6’7” player said it’s important to try and give back to the community who are always a means of support, showing up to games representing the Reds family. He said it is especially important as a varsity athlete.

“It’s important for anybody to try and give back, you can really improve your community, helping people out who need it, but especially as a varsity athlete,” he said. “You’re in a position where people look up to you, they come out to see you play, and you have a really good opportunity to make a difference, regardless of how small it may seem.”

But he said you don’t have to dive into as many groups as possible. Starting off small is key.

Keoughan only did one Read with a Red. Just one day, and as he got a taste for it he built his way up.

“You go and see little kids who just embody all that stuff like play – running around, just asking questions, they want to tell you stories about everything they’ve done, and just asking about everything you’ve done,” he said. “I just really enjoy spending time with kids.”

But his time as a Varsity Red is coming to a close. The fifth-year student will be graduating and finishing his time at UNB.

Despite finishing the season off with a loss to the Dalhousie University Tigers, Keoughan said it was nice to finish his career on a personal high. In his final games he led the players in attack percentages and had the most blocks and service aces.

His memories over the last five years have made it a bittersweet experience.

“I’ve loved all my years here, made so many good friends, and really had this family connection,” he said. “There’s some good in the bad, I guess.”

With his student-athlete career coming to an end he is considering trying out in May for the Volleyball Canada National B team, who provide a full-time training centre.

“I don’t have any expectations, I guess, but I figure I might as well do it now, while I can, and who knows?”

But McMorran has confidence in the graduate.

“He’s a guy that has his heart in the right spot and has the brains to go with it,” said McMorran. “So Logan’s going to do some pretty big things with himself.”

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